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taoistlunatic 83 ( +1 | -1 )
OVERSIGHTS My number one biggest weakness in all my chess games, is not positional, it's not lack of opening or endgame knowledge, it is not poor calculation skills, or lack of knowledge of attacking the king in the middle game.

The biggets reason I lose chess games, or draw winning positions, is OVERSIGHTS. You know the surprise move your opponent plays that you either didn't condsider becasue it looks strange, or you just had a blind spot for a moment.

Has anyone had this problem in the past and found a way to train themselves to stop doing it. No matter what I try, I make these oversights, and the only thing I have tried that has had some success is taking a long thinking time on my moves.

is that the only way??? Because if so I am going to have play less games and take longer to play all my games.
pamela024 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes, that is the remedy. Take the time required to understand your position. You must try to discipline yourself to stay with a position for a long time before you make a move. By doing this over many hundreds of games you will be able to develop a better sense of the board and be able to reduce the time you spend on each move. There is no sustitute for this hard work. Good luck.
poisonedpawn78 94 ( +1 | -1 )
TRY ... 1) looking back at all your games that you made an oversight .. was it a pin that you didnt notice ? a discovered check you could have seen sooner ? or just a "oops" move

2) to help stop "oops" moves , i find that you make all your thoughts and calcs , decide on your move .. then stop thinking , in your mind move the peice your thinking of .. then ask yourself , am i leaving a defence i shouldnt ? am i creating a fork on myself ? am i creating a pin that will hinder me ?
and look at your kings safey quickly and decide if there is a mate that you can see ... if you check those 4 things out befor you actually make the move .. sometimes you will decide your move sucks , or that your move is really good .

3) pay thousands and thousands of dollars and hire a GM to personally train you to become a GM , i guarantee this method is the best , but most of the time .. not possible :P

PP
pippin 28 ( +1 | -1 )
talking of "oops" moves.... I think that poison is referring to mine :-)

the way I am learning is the grilling he gives me for the blunders I make in my games. I suggest you get a higher rated player to take a look at some of your losses where you missed something and do a bit of analysis with them. It is starting to work for me.
taoistlunatic 90 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for sharing Poison and Pamela I pretty much thought so. I play some brilliant moves when I sit down and really think over the position, but since I am playing 30 games at a time, I get lazy and impatient and start banging out moves, especially in games I am winning, (and we all now how overconfidence can lose the game.)

I guess I have to force myself to be patient and think, even in "won" positions. and I will definitely cut down on the amount of games I am playing at one time.

I just wanted to hear some encouragement, particularly the kind pamela gives which suggests that all my thinking time will be rewarded someday in a stronger chess-mind which will take less thinking time to produce excellent moves.

And since pamela is one of the top 1 % of gameknot players, I can trust she knows from experience :).

You too poisoned pawn, are obviously a well-experienced player. hmmm....hire a grandmaster, not a bad idea...
taoistlunatic 36 ( +1 | -1 )
one more thing The club I just joined is finishing a tournament and the next tournament will be 'blitz' tournament :(.

I stink at blitz, and have recently started practicing blitz chess on those "live" chess game sites.

Do you guys think this is the best way to prepare for a blitz tournament, or should I focus my mind on my 'real' chess games.
nottop 70 ( +1 | -1 )
Spend time from viewpoint of opponent After you think you have your move look at the possiblities of your opponent.
Don't just consider the replies -
Think of yourself as if you were your opponent - ask yourself
"Ok - now I've made this move. Now I'm my opponent and it is his (her) turn. What should I play."

If this seems difficult - reread the books by Nimzovich. The whole concept of "prophylaxix" means understanding what your opponent might do.

Dvoretsky also wrote at length about this - some of his students who were too wrapped up in their own plans, he had reread and restudy both books by Nimzovich.

You need to ask -
What is my opponent trying to do?
Why did he play the move he played?

The only way to get there is to think that you are hiim (her).

philaretus 4 ( +1 | -1 )
How about.... .....just playing fewer games?
pamela024 30 ( +1 | -1 )
If you only have a short time to prepare for blitz, my suggestion is that you play those sites as much as possible. Note that playing different kinds of chess is better for your development (rating) than just playing one kind. Fischerandom is quite good.

Good suggestion, nottop.
acne 7 ( +1 | -1 )
what's a blitz tournament? they play very fast?
frodan 25 ( +1 | -1 )
...reverse the chessboard... ...during your analysis,using an actual chess set;you will then be looking at the board from your opponents point of view.Then try to think for him and play the best replies for him/her.i have found that this helps me a lot .....
zdrak 13 ( +1 | -1 )
good reading Read Dan Heismann's "Novice Nook" columns on www.chesscafe.com
frodan 6 ( +1 | -1 )
...good reading ,for the more advanced players... ...read Mark DVoretsky's "instructor" columns at www.chesscafe.com
acne 7 ( +1 | -1 )
that's very helpful to me, i've read endgame corner as well
adrianallen 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Blitz openings I have played a few blitz tournaments, one think that can get your opponent is unusual openings (not guaranteed though). If you are white try thinking of something like Grobs Attack (H4), I like this for Blitz, because it can put your opponent in unfamiliar territory - Just an Idea.
victord 12 ( +1 | -1 )
...---... Like frodan I try to "play" both sides of the board and assume my opponet will make the best move.
ajgoldsby 6 ( +1 | -1 )
THE Grob, The Bad, & The Ugly!!
Grobs Attack starts with g4 :-)
edmaster 15 ( +1 | -1 )
TO TAOISTLUNATIC STAY AWAY FROM SPEED CHESS OR BLITZ CHESS YOUR NOT A MASTER AT SLOW CHESS YET!YOUR CHESS COMRADE EDMASTER
peppe_l 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Just my opinion... For learning purposes, one must play slow games. Playing too much speed chess, let alone adopting a "blitz playing style" (oddball openings, hyper-agressive attacks, direct threats) might actually hurt otb or even correspondence play.
adrianallen 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks ajgold I knew that grob is G4 (just being stupid), in fact I play it quite a lot so I guess I should know it.
taoistlunatic 45 ( +1 | -1 )
great suggestion nottop! I have definitely started thinking of my opponent's possibilities, and am now playing strong moves which prevent my opponent's counterplay if I can see them. I have also noticed that in IM and GM annotated games, they spend almost as much of their thinking time looking at the opponent's possibilities as they do looking at their own possible moves!

I have MY SYSTEM By Nimzowitsch, I will probably pick up PROPHYLAXIS another title by him I believe...
taoistlunatic 18 ( +1 | -1 )
error... CHESS PRAXIS, is the other book by Nimzowitsch, although Prophylaxis is an important concept which he devotes a chapter to in MY SYSTEM, his other positional training book is BLOCKADE.
acne 14 ( +1 | -1 )
i often miss forks and pins. will thinking of opponent's possibilities improve my play? do i have to think of all possible moves?